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Progress on Hotel for Myrtle and Huntington; Bartlett Memorial Design; Monrovia Library Events


Design for Bartlett Memorial.

In his weekly report ( https://goo.gl/3BHJO7 )  City Manager Oliver Chi reports ...

~ The Tharaldson Hospitality Group is making "good progress" on the proposed Marriott Towneplace Suites Hotel for the southwest corner of Myrtle Avenue and Huntington Drive.

~ The Bob Bartlett Memorial Committee has selected artist, Carole Choucair Oueijan, to design a memorial for the late Monrovia Mayor, Bob Bartlett. The proposed project will be considered by the city council in October.

~ Have thoughts on improving library operations? There will be an open forum on Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library to discuss this. Questions, call the city at 256-8274.

~ Second- through fifth-grade students can vote for their favorite books between Sept. 28 - Nov. 2, every Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Monrovia Library. Voting is part of a class in which children will hold elections, learn about states, read about presidents, as well as make crafts, and play games. Prizes, tool Those who attend four out of six classes will receive a free book!  Call the Library at 256-8274 for questions.

~ Pajama storytime on Sept. 28 and Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Storytime Room. Call the Library at 256-8274 for questions.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Fire; Injured Football Player Doing Fine


~ A Monday morning fire in Monrovia caused minor leg injuries to two firefighters and caused about $500.000 damage to four homes, a garage and their contents. https://goo.gl/QaC6BX

~ Monrovia High football player Michael Washington is doing fine after being taken to a hospital after a head and neck injury in Friday's game against Damien. https://goo.gl/7zhziJ

- Brad Haugaard

Astronaut to Speak at Citrus College



Former NASA astronaut and engineer, Jose M. Hernández, the first migrant farm worker to become a NASA astronaut, will be the guest speaker at Citrus College's Haugh Performing Arts Center (1000 W. Foothill Blvd. in Glendora), on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 2:40-4 p.m. Citrus College serves Monrovia and the talk is free and open to the public.

Hernandez is one of four children born to a Mexican migrant family. He did not learn to speak English until he was 12 years-old and spent most of the year working with his family picking strawberries and cucumbers on California farms.

Hernández completed NASA's astronaut training and has traveled on two space missions where he served as one of two robotic arm operators. He has also taken three space walks and worked on developing quantitative x-ray film imaging analysis techniques for the x-ray laser program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Fake Gun, Fireworks; Surfboard Stolen; Lying in Parking Lot Smoking; Burglaries; Catalytic Converter; Stolen Ring; Dark Bike


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for September 22-25. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Residential Burglary
September 22 at 8:02 a.m., an officer was dispatched on the report of a residential burglary in the 1500 block of S. Mayflower Avenue. The victim called to report that sometime between 2:00 and 4:30 a.m., someone entered his attached garage and stole items. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant / Altered Imitation Firearm / Possession of Dangerous Fireworks – Suspect Arrested
September 22 at 11:03 a.m., a suspicious subject was reported in the 2700 block of S. Peck Road. Officers responded and contacted the subject, who was seated in a parked vehicle, attempting to hide from the officers. A computer check revealed the subject had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was also found to be in possession of a modified replica firearm and fireworks. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
September 22 at 2:23 p.m., a disturbing subject was reported in the 800 block of W. Colorado. The subject was causing a disturbance in front of the high school. Officers made contact and determined the suspect was too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested and held for a sobering period. He was later released from custody with a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Residential Burglary
September 22 at 4:24 p.m., an officer responded to the report of a residential burglary in the 1000 block of E. Lemon. The home had been burglarized sometime between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft
September 23 at 9:09 a.m., a petty theft was reported in the 500 block of Norumbega Road. The victim left his surfboard and wetsuit on his porch overnight to dry. When he returned the next morning, he discovered someone had stolen his property. The investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
September 23 at 9:33 a.m., an officer responded to the report of a male subject lying in the middle of a parking lot in the 900 block of W. Huntington, smoking a cigarette. Officers contacted the subject and determined he was too intoxicated to care for himself. The subject was arrested for public intoxication and held for a sobering period.

Trespassing – Suspect Arrested
September 23 at 9:53 a.m., a business owner in the 700 block of W. Huntington Drive called police to report a subject that was causing a disturbance at his business and was refusing to leave. Officers arrived and contacted the subject. He was arrested for trespassing. The suspect was later released with a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
September 23 at 3:55 p.m., a shoplifter was reported at a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill. The suspect stole merchandise from the business. Officers arrived and located the suspect. He was placed under citizen’s arrest and taken into custody.

Residential Burglary
September 23 at 11:38 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of Bradbury Road on the report of a residential burglary. The resident arrived home after being away from the residence for two weeks to find the home had been burglarized. It appears the suspect removed a swamp cooler from the window to gain entry to the home. Items of jewelry were taken. The investigation is continuing.

Theft
September 24 at 10:50 a.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 200 block of S. Shamrock Avenue. The victim called to report his catalytic converter was stolen from his vehicle sometime during the night. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
September 24 at 6:23 p.m., a grand theft was reported at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington. The suspect entered the business and asked to look at the best wedding ring in the jewelry department. Once the clerk handed the ring to the suspect, he took the ring and ran out of the store to a waiting vehicle. A second suspect was driving the vehicle, a white Toyota Tercel. An area search for the suspects was conducted, but they were not located. The investigation is continuing

Traffic Collision
September 25 at 8:12 p.m., officers responded to a traffic collision in the 1700 block of S. Mayflower. A vehicle was making a right turn onto Mayflower from Genoa and struck a bicyclist who was traveling on the wrong side of the road with no headlight in the darkness. The bicyclist complained of pain to her arm and neck. She was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Monrovia Predicted to Reach 107 Degrees


A blazing 107 degrees in Monrovia predicted for today. https://goo.gl/0qMTb8

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School Board to Consider Compensation for Superintendent


At its Sept. 28 meeting ( info here ), the Monrovia Board of Education will consider giving Superintendent Katherine Thorossian an annual salary of $239,213 for the 2016-2017 school year, which includes $10,000 that is paid each year as long as her rating remains "above satisfactory" for the previous year. Plus annual salary increases and benefits.

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Rigo's Mexican Food



Dinner last night at Rigo's Mexican Food at Foothill and Mayflower. Got a beef burrito for $11.95 and a bottle of beer for $4.95. It was fine.

- Brad Haugaard 

Who Knew? A 'Monrovia' Boot


There's a "Monrovia Boot" for sale at Nordstrom. For women. Only $244.95. Hopefully you get two boots for that price. https://goo.gl/3otq0V

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Copper Pipe; Baseball Through School District Window; Robbed of Bike; Stolen Vehicles; Man Comes to Police Station to be Arrested


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for September 19-21. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 445 service events, resulting in 83 investigations.

Attempt Grand Theft
September 19 at 6:48 a.m., residents at an apartment complex in the 1000 block of Royal Oaks reported that someone attempted to remove and take copper piping from the complex, which caused flooding. The investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
September 19 at 7:18 a.m., a vandalism incident was reported at the school district office in the 300 block of E. Huntington. It was reported that someone threw a baseball bat through an office window sometime during the night. The investigation is continuing.

Theft From a Vehicle
September 19 at 8:14 a.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 1000 block of E. Lemon. The victim called to report that someone entered her unlocked vehicle sometime during the night. The vehicle was ransacked and it was unknown if anything was taken. The investigation is continuing.

Strong-arm Robbery – Suspect Arrested
September 19 at 2:47 p.m., officers responded to the report of a strong-arm robbery in the area of Magnolia and the railroad tracks. The victim stated that he had just been assaulted and the suspect took his bicycle. Officers detained the suspect in the 1800 block of S. Mayflower and the bike was recovered. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Theft of Vehicle Registration Tabs
September 19 at 9:24 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 700 block of E. Huntington when he saw a male subject crouched down behind a parked vehicle and there was a female subject with him. As the officer approached, the male subject ran. The officer requested assistance and he followed the suspect in his police unit. The suspect tripped in the area of Huntington and Mountain and was detained by officers. Further investigation revealed the suspect is a gang member and was crouching down removing the registration tabs from a vehicle when the officer saw him and attempted to detain him. The female suspect left the area and was not identified.

Grand Theft Auto Recovery
September 19 at 9:57 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 900 block of W. Huntington when he saw a parked vehicle that looked abandoned. A computer check of the license plate revealed the vehicle was reported stolen on August 26. The vehicle did not appear damaged and the owner was notified.

Vehicle Burglary
September 20 at 12:49 p.m., the owner of the business in the 800 block of Royal Oaks reported that one of his vehicles had been broken into over the weekend. It was unknown if anything was stolen. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
September 21 at 8:07 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 800 block of E. Foothill. The victim reported that her silver, two-door, 2000 Honda Civic had been stolen sometime during the night. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
September 21 at 9:09 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Primrose called police to report his garage had been burglarized. Several items were taken. The investigation is continuing.

Theft From a Vehicle
September 21 at 10:03 a.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 400 block of Parkrose. The victim reported that items were taken out of his unlocked vehicle sometime during the night.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered – Suspect Arrested
September 21 at 11:01 a.m., an officer on patrol located a stolen vehicle parked in the 200 block of Montana with two occupants inside. The officer requested assistance and the occupants were detained. The male driver had two no-bail warrants for his arrest. He was arrested for the outstanding warrants and grand theft auto. The female passenger was eventually released.

Hit and Run Investigation / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 21 at 4:02 p.m., while investigating a hit and run traffic collision, officers discovered the suspect in the case had a warrant for his arrest. They called the suspect and asked him to come to the station, which he did. He was then arrested for the outstanding warrant. The hit and run investigation is continuing.

Monrovia's AeroVironment - Among Biggest Gainers Today



The stock of Monrovia's AeroVironment Inc. was one of the biggest gainers on the Russell 2000 index today, Sept. 21. The stock jumped 6.63 percent, to $25.24. https://goo.gl/3WXLpl

- Brad Haugaard

Wild Rose Teacher Named One of County's Teachers of the Year


Monrovia Teacher, Jennifer Tubbs from Wild Rose Elementary School, has been named an LA County District Teacher of the Year. https://goo.gl/GCdVmg

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia City Council Opposes Prop 57


The Monrovia City Council has come out in opposition to Proposition 57, which the city says would allow dangerous criminals to be released early. The argument against the measure is that while the proposition says it does not apply to "violent" criminals, it does not define "violent," and thus would rely on the California Penal Code for the definition. But a number of crimes that most people would consider violent, such as assault with a deadly weapon, are classified by the penal code as "serious," and so those convicted of these "serious" crimes would be eligible for early release. Here is the full statement: https://goo.gl/qh5NL0

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council Approves Trail Improvements; Tasty City Manager


At the Monrovia City Council meeting tonight:

~ The council approved hiring the Pokrajac Corporation (the low bidder) to make improvements to the trail system in the Hillside Wilderness Area before opening the entry point on Cloverleaf. Outlined here: https://goo.gl/JcCy8Q

~ Quote of the night: Council member Gloria Crudgington, speaking of a well-received talk by City Manager Oliver Chi on storm water treatment, said Chi "is beginning to look like a tasty appetizer on a tray." She means other cities might want to hire him away. A colorful way of putting it, and I agree with her evaluation.

- Brad Haugaard

Halloween in Monrovia; Side by Side; Taste of Old Town; Make a Difference; Arts Show; Etc.


In his weekly report ( https://goo.gl/AY8Xvu ), City Manager Oliver Chi reports ...

~ Old Town Trick-or-Treat on Monday, Oct. 31, from 3 to 6 p.m., in Old Town and at Library Park. Trick-or-Treating in Old Town; Youth, adult and group costume contests; Dog Costume Contest. Registration beginning at 3 p.m.

~ Trick-or-Treating in Canyon Park, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. Park Rangers will guide participants along a portion of the Canyon Park Waterfall Trail. Along the way, you'll meet costumed Park Rangers with treats to all who dare to participate. For details contact the Public Services Department at 256-8246.

~ Side by Side by Sondheim at the Taylor Performing Arts Center (Monrovia High auditorium) Dec. 2-4. "A sparkling retrospective of musical numbers from shows as diverse as Follies, Company, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, and Sweeney Todd." Details and tickets: https://goo.gl/uHb4Bv

~ A Taste of Old Town Monrovia, sponsored and coordinated by the Kiwanis Club, is set for October 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. in Old Town. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Details: http://www.tastemonrovia.com/.

~ Make a Difference Day will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8 a.m. to noon. Kick-off at Library Park. Projects include: Cleanup alley in Old Town; plant trees at Monrovia parks; pick up cigarette butts in parks; sort food and youth activity program (hosted by Foothill Unity Center); Church clean-up hosted by Bethel AME Church; Monrovia High baseball field improvements. Details: Volunteer Center of the San Gabriel Valley - http://www.vcsgv.org.

~ 53rd Celebrate the Arts Show & Chalkfest by Monrovia Association of Fine Arts on Oct. 29-30 at Library Park. Theme is Art in Motion and featured artists will be Steve and Marianne McCarthy. On Saturday, Oct. 29, activities are from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday's events are from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Details: http://www.monroviafinearts.org/ or 483-0560.

~ Monrovia City Council Member Spicer has been selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of the Foothills.

~ If you want to vote early, Monrovia will be participating in the Vote by Mail Ballot Drop-Off Program. Drop off your ballot at Monrovia City Hall beginning on October 11.

~ Monrovia Public Library is setting up a Veteran's Resource Center. Want to help? Get in touch with Mabel Cross at mcross@ci.monrovia.ca.us, or 256-8294. The Library will provide training.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Talking on Her Credit Card; Suspect Reports His Car Stolen; Drunks and Drugs; Paint on His Fingers; Etc.


[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for September 15-18. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
September 15 at 8:08 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 300 block of S. Mountain regarding a subject acting erratic and throwing objects. The officers arrived and determined the subject was under the influence of drugs. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence / Hit and Run Traffic Collision / Weapon Offense – Suspects Arrested
September 15 at 11:10 p.m., an officer was on patrol when he observed a vehicle driving north on California crash into a pole as it crossed the train tracks. Both the driver and passenger exited the vehicle and fled east, along the train tracks. Officers detained both suspects at Shamrock and the tracks. The driver was found to be intoxicated and a weapon was found in the vehicle. Both suspects were arrested.

Driving Under the Influence / Evading a Peace Officer – Suspect Arrested
September 16 at 12:19 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 2600 block of S. Peck on the report of a possible drunk driver. As officers were responding to the location, they saw the driver heading north without any headlights. The officers attempted to stop the vehicle for the violation, but the vehicle failed to yield and continued driving. The driver eventually yielded at a dead end street by his residence. The driver was found to be driving under the influence and was arrested.

Theft of Package
September 16 at 2:58 p.m., a theft of mail was reported in the 1800 block of S. Fifth Avenue. The victim reported that he was notified a package was delivered by UPS to his residence. When he arrived home, the package was gone. The investigation is continuing.

Burglary / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 16 at 8:57 p.m., a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill called police to report a shoplifter that fled the location. Officers responded and conducted an area search. The suspect was located and detained in the 200 block of W. Palm. The suspect also had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested for both the burglary and the warrant.

Public Intoxication / Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
September 17 at 1:30 a.m., officers were on patrol in the downtown area. One of the officers heard glass breaking and saw an intoxicated female who looked like she was talking on her phone. She had her hand up to her ear, but upon closer inspection, the officer saw she had a credit card to her ear and her cell phone was on the ground. She then threw an object at the glass window of a business, causing damage. She was arrested and taken into custody for being drunk in public and vandalism.

Traffic Offense / Evading a Police Officer – Suspect Arrested
September 18 at 3:59 a.m., an officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a vehicle code violation in the area of California and Cypress. The vehicle failed to yield, accelerating through numerous red lights and stop signs, before stopping his vehicle and fleeing on foot. The suspect was identified by the pursuing officer and the vehicle was impounded. A wanted person’s entry was made into the law enforcement system for his arrest. At 8:14 p.m., the suspect called police asking how he could get his car out of impound, claiming that his vehicle was stolen. He came to the police department and filed a grand theft auto report, claiming an unknown person had stolen his vehicle. After signing the CHP form reporting his vehicle was stolen, the suspect was arrested for making a false report and for evading a police officer.

Vandalism / False Information / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
September 19 at 1:35 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Kruse regarding three subjects painting graffiti on a vehicle. The officers arrived and detained three subjects, two males and a female. One of the male subjects was a minor. The male adult suspect who painted the graffiti on the vehicle was identified by the victim. A can of spray paint was recovered and the suspect had fresh paint on his fingers. The suspect was arrested and charged with vandalism, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and giving false information. It was later determined through fingerprints that the suspect gave a false name to police and he also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

'Computer Cost Recovery' Fee Added to Monrovia Business License


On my Monrovia Business License renewal form I noticed a $5 charge for "Computer Cost Recovery." I asked about it and was told it went into effect on July 1 of this year and is "to assist with the new software program for business license tracking."

- Brad Haugaard

Opening of Wilderness Preserve Trail Delayed For Trail Improvements



Red shows the proposed trail. Blue shows a steep portion of the trail with sharp switchbacks which will be improved. Yellow shows the existing trail. In an interview Chi said the yellow trail would not be shut off to hikers and bicyclists, but they would be encouraged to follow the new red path.

City Manager Oliver Chi reports that the opening of the Cloverleaf entry point to the Hillside Wilderness Preserve will be delayed from four to six weeks, bringing the opening date to late October of this year. At the council's April 5 meeting, at which the city purchased rights of way to obtain access to the preserve, Chi said it could take up to six months to open the gate.

At this Tuesday's meeting ( https://goo.gl/wqksZB ) the City Council will consider a proposal by residents who live in the Wilderness Preserve to delay the opening of the gate until trail improvements can be made so some of the trail traffic could be diverted around the residents homes. In an interview, Chi said city staff is agreeable to the delay in part to minimize the risk of legal complications.

The staff report ( https://goo.gl/lq1wI8 ) says: "[I]t has been estimated that the trail system improvements can be completed in 4-6 weeks following the award of a contract. This would mean that the opening of both the Cloverleaf Access Point and the Ridgeside Access Point would occur towards the end of October 2016."

City staff is proposing hiring Pokrajac Corporation for $194,235 to finish the trail work. The required funding is available in the restricted Hillside Wilderness Preserve Fund.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Council to Meet Again on Legal Threat from MALDEV


The city council will hold another closed session, on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to discuss the threat by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund to sue the City if it doesn't switch from at-large elections to district-based elections. https://goo.gl/XG6RLZ

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at T Burger



Dinner last night at T Burger, on Foothill just east of Magnolia. Got a chicken sandwich for $5.99 and an iced tea for $1.98. Tasty. 

- Brad Haugaard